A Finchley woman will cycle 54 miles with ‘surprisingly little preparation’ in the name of her university friend who passed away five years ago.

Laura Nyavie, from Squires Lane, is a trustee at the Josh Carrick Foundation which raises money to fund research into the prevention, treatment and cure of testicular cancer.

Along with 50 volunteers from the charity, Laura is set to take part in the London to Brighton bike ride 2016 on Sunday (September 11) which will see riders from multiple UK charities taking part to raise money and awareness.

The Foundation is named after Josh Carrick, from Luton, a friend Laura knew as a student at the University of Nottingham, whose life was taken by the disease in 2011 aged 23.

It is run by Josh’s friends and family in their spare time and they run a variety of events through the year to raise money, including pub quizzes and joining the ride each year.

26-year-old Laura, who works full time at Sketch restaurant in Mayfair, said: “I haven't taken part in the ride before this year so I did 30km on an exercise bike the other week, so I think I should be ok with that.

“We are really thankful for the support we have already received and I’m hopeful to meet my personal £200 target for sponsorship before the big day.

“We do this every year and it’s just one part of the hard and varied work we do to remember Josh and do good in his name.”

The ride falls the day after what would have been Josh’s birthday and Laura will be joined by his dad Steve and twin brother Dom for the effort.

Learn more about the Josh Carrick Foundation at http://thejoshcarrickfoundation.org/ and donate to Laura’s sponsorship page at http://www.doitforcharity.com/LNyavie.